Coronavirus update/alternative arrangements for 2020/21

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Coronavirus update for customers

NOCN Group offers a wide range of services including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation, and educational and skills support training.

As you will be aware the government imposed a third national lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021. You will find out more operational detail on the implications for each of these services through the following links:

Please note that NOCN Group will be following the guidance issued by the ESFA, IfATE, Ofqual, CCEA Regulation, QAA, and Qualifications Wales, and will update our customers as things change.

If you have any concerns or would like to discuss the impact on your centre, apprentices or learners please contact us on or 0300 999 1177.

Update 29th March 2021

On 24th March, Ofqual published the VTQ Contingency Regulatory Framework (VCRF) which allows NOCN to provide centres with awarding arrangements for learners who have had their training and assessment disrupted in 2021. To view more information on the arrangements in place by NOCN, please click here.

Using Xbox to Access Online Learning

It is possible for learners to access their online work from home using a gaming console. For guidance on how to do this please download the document here.

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Why are vocational skills vital to the next generation?

National Apprenticeships Week (NAW) is an annual celebration, showcasing the impact apprenticeships have on communities, local businesses, and regional economies.

During National Apprenticeship Week we’re highlighting why vocational skills are vital to the next generation. 

NOCN Group is at the forefront of apprenticeship delivery in the UK, working with training providers, employers and Trailblazer groups to help develop and deliver robust programmes which will create the skilled workforce of the future. NOCN Group offers a wide range of products to support apprenticeship delivery, from regulated qualifications to support on programme delivery to End Point Assessment.

The launch of vLearn from NOCN Group

As part of its commitment to providing an innovative apprenticeship experience NOCN is introducing virtual learning for apprentices across some of the most popular apprenticeship standards. NOCN has partnered with Olive Group to develop vLearn, launching this month and initially providing market-leading virtual support materials for apprentices. Find out more about vLearn here.

Why vocational skills are vital to the next generation – webinar from NOCN Group

Thomas Burton, Director of Apprenticeships at NOCN Group and Ross Radford, Lead Practitioner Apprenticeships and Learner Progress at NCG, will unpack and explore the opportunities apprenticeships and technical education has to offer in 2021. Ross and Thomas will consider some of the key benefits to technical vocational education, reflecting on 2021’s National Apprenticeship week and why incentives such as the NCG Skills competition, is critical in developing the UK’s next generation of high-quality employees.

Join the webinar here

NOCN supports AoC Annual Conference

NOCN Group is proud to sponsor the Skills, Productivity and Careers Strand at this year’s virtual Association of Colleges Conference, the largest event in further education, featuring the biggest names in FE, politics and business to inspire, challenge and help colleges to improve and share best practice.

Our Group MD Graham Hasting Evans will be hosting a breakout session at 11.20 am during NAW, on 8th February entitled 'Giving your learners the productive skills to develop their career in a digital age'. The session will start by discussing the skills that our learners will need to develop for employment in a post-pandemic economy. This will cover digital skills, technical skills, and competencies as well as employability skills and cognitive skills. Graham will set out clear career pathways and the ongoing training required to progress in careers, including the introduction they will need to management training. Finally, we will discuss the training gap for the 2019/20 cohorts and what we need to do to fill this gap and mitigate the damage to people's learning caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Watch the workshop here

Find out more about NOCN’s Apprenticeship delivery support here